Cover Letter - Summit-at-Snoqualmie Ski Area Master Development Plan by jerrit4

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									United States        Forest          Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie               2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 3A
Department of        Service         National Forest                    Everett, WA 98201
Agriculture                          Supervisor’s Office                (425) 783-6000

                                                            File Code: 1950-3
                                                                 Date: November 10, 2008
Dear Interested Citizen or Agency:
Enclosed for your review are the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Record
of Decision (ROD) for The Summit-at-Snoqualmie Master Development Plan proposal.
Ski area operator Ski Lifts, Inc. is seeking approval of a new Master Development Plan and
authorization of site-specific implementation of the Plan. The environmental analysis for the
FEIS was conducted by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests
through a third party contractor, SE GROUP.
The Selected Alternative includes realignment or replacement of 11 chairlifts and construction of
nine new chairlifts. It also includes night lighting on 25 new trails, 9.8 acres of added parking, a
mountain-top restaurant at Summit East, and a SUP adjustment of 17.01 acres to incorporate
Hyak Creek and the cross-country hut at Grand Junction into the special use permit (SUP) area.
The public comments received during the DEIS comment period were used in combination with
additional research and analysis to update and finalize the FEIS and assist the Forest Service in
refining and selecting the appropriate alternative for this decision. Based on the public comments
received, additional analysis of several key issues was conducted, which resulted in
modifications to the DEIS Preferred Alternative and clarification of some components and
effects of alternatives in the FEIS.
The FEIS and ROD are available electronically for viewing or downloading on the Forest’s
website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/projects/summit-at-snoqualmie. If you had specifically
requested the FEIS and ROD as a CD or hard copy, the documents are enclosed in your preferred
format. Copies of the FEIS and ROD are available as a CD or hard copy upon request.
The Notice of Availability is expected to be published in the Federal Register on November 21,
2008. The ROD is subject to appeal only by individuals or organizations who submitted
comments during the comment period pursuant to Forest Service regulations at 36 CFR 215.6.
The notice of appeal must be postmarked, hand delivered, or faxed to the Regional Forester, or
sent electronically to appeals-pacificnorthwest-regional-office@fs.fed.us and within 45 days of
the date of publication of notice in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Wenatchee World (the
newspapers of record). Specific appeal filing information is on pp. 50-51 of the ROD.
For further information regarding this proposal, you may contact winter sports specialist Sean
Wetterberg at the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest by phone: (425) 783-6022, fax:(425)
783-0214, or email: swetterberg@fs.fed.us. I appreciate your interest in this project.
Sincerely,



/s/ Y. Robert Iwamoto
Y. ROBERT IWAMOTO
Forest Supervisor

Enclosure


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